Does anyone use tech/mobile apps to coordinate care with loved ones when you can't be local?

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Does anyone use tech/mobile apps to help coordinate care with loved ones when you can't always be local?Looking for any tools or ideas people are using to make their lives as caregivers a little easier



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The NEST camera is the greatest thing ever invented for knowing what is going on with Mom in her assisted living. I think every person who has a loved one in assisted living should think through whether it could be appropriate for them. In Minnesota, I am able to consent to have it on Mom's behalf because she is under legal guardianship, and HIPPA laws do not allow the facility to have their own cameras in the room. Not only can I check whether services are getting done and how she is being treated, I can see her in real time and make changes that she needs based on how she is during alone time. The information is vastly better than what she herself tells me, or what I learn from phone calls with staff. I also have an IPAD in the room and I Skype with Mom weekly when she is with her best companion to have a 'business meeting'. We tried a shared google calendar for all family and caregivers, that really was not helpful. The companion updates an old fashioned calendar in her room and I phone to remind her daily of what is going to happen that day. Texts are also consistently helpful with younger people I work with. I have not been impressed with any of the computer apps in development which purport to coordinate care so far. And I am computer literate with lots of folks involved in Mom's care so if I don't need it who would??
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I live 45 min away from my father so I am close but far enough that I need options for managing his care with my siblings. Right now everything is done via text messaging but a better tool would help. Knowing who is picking up prescriptions, when his next Dr appointment is, etc
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Well I had to resort to facebook to find the family of a tenant who became delusional and insisted she was living in an abandoned house and the landlord lived (who died last October) across the street. If I had not found them, far away in California, I would have called APS. If you are not local, be sure the 911 service has your contact number, the landlord has your number and so do the MD's.
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